Artistic rendering of King Lobengula, the last king of the Ndebele.
This King was swindled by Cecil Rhodes and other members of the British South African Company out of land, and resources, until his ultimate death, believed have been caused by dysentery.
"It was easy to mock the King behind his back as ‘an old savage’ or a ‘shifty customer’ in the words of Rhodes’s men. No one mocked Lobengula to his face. He was nearly sox foot tall and at least twenty stone, naked except for a small lion cloth, and bare-headed except for a Zulu ring. Etiquette at his court was demanding. Visitors of every nationality had to crawl on all fours into the royal presence, then squat in the dust, without a chance of sitting on a chair or getting out of the sun, during endless palavers with the King.”
(T. Pakenham, The Scramble For Africa)